Updated March 26, 2020 @ 10:30am

If someone is hurting or threatening you and you feel you need an order to protect you:

An Emergency Protective Order may be issued for your protection for up to 7 days. Call the police at 9-1-1- and explain you are in immediate danger. A police officer can request that a judge give you an Emergency Protective Order.  An Emergency Protective Order can be issued 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Each county in the Bay Area is handling restraining orders differently. A current summary by county can be found below. These rules are changing, so you should double check that the information is current.

Please call our Domestic Violence Hotline at (888) 330-1940 for advice on your legal options.

 


Procedures for Emergency Protective Orders, Temporary Restraining Orders, and Other Family Law Matters During the COVID-19 Emergency
Alameda County
  • Alameda County Superior Court is cosed to the public from March 17, 2020 through April 7, 2020 with exceptions for TROs, emergency family law, and emergency probate filings
    • New TROs: The Court will continue to accept requests for Temporary Restraining Orders via dropbox in the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland and the Hayward Hall of Justice. You should include a contact number on the TRO document. Once the request is reviewed and an order made, the clerk’s office will call the number provided to let you know the request is ready to pick-up. The Sheriffs on duty will facilitate getting the reviewed request to you at the front door of the Court.
    • Pending TROs: Any active TROs which are set to expire between 3/16/20 and 4/7/20 will be extended by 21 days.
    • Other family law matters:Emergency relief for family law (ex-parte requests) can be submitted by dropbox at Hayward Hall of Justice. You should include a contact number on the ex parte document. Once the request is reviewed and an order made, the clerk’s office will call the number provided to let you know the request is ready to pick-up. The Sheriffs on duty will facilitate getting the reviewed request to you at the front door of the Court.
    • Other updates:
      • If you have additional questions about the Court’s response to COVID-19, please email the Court at covid19questions@alameda.courts.ca.gov.
      • Alameda County’s Family Justice Center’s physical office is closed. Family Violence Law Center (FVLC) is still providing remote services by phone (TROs and DVROs).

 

Contra Costa County
  • Contra Costa County Superior Court is closed at all locations for approximately two weeks beginning March 16, 2020.
    • New TROs: No new TROs will be processed while courts are closed.
    • Pending TROs: Temporary restraining orders that would otherwise expire during the period of court closure are extended for 15 days.
    • Other family law matters: If you have a hearing scheduled during this period, it will be reset to a later date. Notice of the new hearing date will be mailed to you or your attorney.

 

Napa County
  • Napa County Superior Court is closed to the public from March 18, 2020 through April 10, 2020 for anything other than time sensitive or emergency matters.
    • New TROs: The Court will continue to receive, review and issue ex parte temporary restraining orders, where appropriate. Ex parte applications may be filed through the Court’s E-Filing system or left in the Court’s after-hours drop box. Ex parte applications must be received by 10 am to be processed the same day.
    • Pending TROs: TROs set to expire between March 18, 2020 and April 10, 2020 will be extended for thirty days.
    • Other family law matters:
      • The Court will continue to receive, review and issue ex parte family law orders, where appropriate. Ex parte applications may be filed through the Court’s E-Filing system or left in the Court’s after-hours drop box. Ex parte applications must be received by 10:00 am to be processed the same day.
      • Check the online Court Calendars to confirm if you are required to appear for a scheduled hearing. If your case is on the list, you need to appear.
      • Family law bench officers will exercise discretion in continuing non-emergency Request for Order hearings currently set beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through and including, Friday April 10, 2020. The Court clerk will notify you if your hearing is continued.
      • The Self-Represented Case Management Conference (CMC) Calendar set for April 6, 2020 is continued to June 1, 2020. The May 4, 2020 Self-Represented CMC Calendar is continued to July 1, 2020. The Court clerk will mail notice of the continued hearings.
      • The Represented CMC Calendar set for April 1, 2020 is continued to June 3, 2020 and the May 6, 2020 Represented CMC Calendar is continued to July 6, 2020. The Court clerk will mail notice of the continued hearings.
      • All family law mediations set beginning March 18, 2020 through and including Friday April 10, 2020 will be rescheduled. Family Court Services will contact you to reschedule mediations.
    • Other court updates:
      • Limited self-help service will be available by phone from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. daily at 707-299-1137 or email Selfhelp@napa.courts.ca.gov.

 

San Francisco County
  • San Francisco County Superior Court is closed except for essential operation
    • New TROs: New TROs will be processed.
    • Pending TROs:
      • TROs set to expire between March 16, 2020 and April 15, 2020 will be extended for 21 days
      • DVROs where custody or visitation is at issue will continue to be heard at 8:30 on Wednesdays in Dept 403.
    • Other family law matters:
      • All matters except for TROs, ex parte hearings, child abduction proceedings, and DVROs where custody is at issue will be continued for 30 days on a rolling basis.
      • DCSS support hearings will be continued for 30 days on a rolling basis. Some DCSS matters may proceed on a telephonic appearance basis.
      • The Clerk’s office in 402 is closed until 4/15, a drop box is available for filings
    • Other updates: 
      • ACCESS Center is closed until 4/15
      • The Police Records office is closed. If you need your police reports, use the SFPD website or call 415- 575-7232.

 

San Mateo County
  • The San Mateo County Superior Court is open but with limited services.
    • New TROs: TROs and ex parte requests are being processed. Complete forms online. If you need to pick up forms in person, tell security at the RWC courthouse and you will be escorted to the clerk’s office where the clerks will slide a DV packet under the door.
    • Pending TROs: Permanent restraining order hearings scheduled to occur within the next thirty days will be continued. You should still appear in court on the currently scheduled hearing date. The Court will reschedule the hearing and provide you with a new notice of hearing and extended TRO.
    • Other family law matters:
      • If you are seeking ex parte relief, you can come to RWC courthouse and tell security that you need to pick up the ex parte packet. Security will escort you to the clerk’s office where they will slide the forms under the door.
      • Child custody RFOs where no initial custody orders have been made or where there is a request for emergency modification based on a documented report of abuse, abandonment, or neglect will continue to be heard as scheduled. All others set within the next 30 days will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date.
      • All court trials, status conferences, and MSCs scheduled within the next thirty days will be postponed and rescheduled to a later date.
      • All pending RFOs dealing only with property division, attorney’s fees, and support scheduled within the next 30 days will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date.
      • Family Support/DCSS matters where a participant is in custody will continue to be heard as scheduled. All others scheduled within the next thirty days will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date.
    • Other court updates:
      • Hours at the Family Law Facilitator’s Office in Redwood City will be reduced. The South San Francisco Family Law Facilitator’s Office will be closed.
      • The Family Law Facilitator’s Office will transition all services to Live Chat. Live Chat hours will be Monday thru Thursday 8:30 AM to 12 PM and 1 to 4 pm and Fridays 8:30 AM to 12 PM.
      • Family Court Services will continue to provide services, but will do so remotely via telework . All parties with FCS appointments should expect to be contacted by FCS in advance of the appointment to arrange logistics for use of technology to conduct appointments remotely. Appointments that cannot be accomplished remotely will be rescheduled.
      • Rally will be suspending services until April 7, 2020.

 

Santa Clara County
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court is closed to the public except for essential services. Access inside the courthouse is limited only to those required to appear in person for a hearing (parties, attorneys, and subpoenaed witnesses).
    • New TROs: New TROs will be processed.
    • Pending TROs: Temporary restraining orders that would otherwise expire from March 16, 2020 through April 5, 2020 are extended for 21 days.
    • Other family law matters: All non-essential operations suspended, which does not include DVROs; juvenile dependency detentions; and emergency mental health reviews. Check online register of actions to see if matter has been continued.
    • Other court updates:
      • Email covid@scscourt.org to request continuance of matters.
      • The Court has issued an order allowing telephonic appearances via Court Call in all Family Division cases through April 8.